Pope wants dialogue, freedom for church 

Pope Francis says he wants dialogue with China and the only thing he asks in return is for the Catholic Church to be able to operate freely. The pope told reporters the church

Blast in Anhui coal mine traps 27 miners 

Twelve other miners were lifted out of the privately owned mine in Huainan city in Anhui province after the blast, one of whom suffered burns, the official Xinhua News Agency

Xi says gov’t will champion new media groups

China will create several media groups that are strong, influential and credible while promoting the integration of new and traditional media, the official Xinhua News Agency cited Xi as saying.

Authorities release foreign news site contributor

A Chinese man detained more than three months ago on charges of fabricating stories that disparaged the Chinese government was released on parole yesterday, authorities said, in a sign that

TIBET | Groups say 2 dead after police shooting

Two people have died in a Tibetan region of southwestern China after they were injured by police gunfire while protesting the detention of a local leader, overseas Tibetan rights groups said. One protester

Mao’s archenemy Chiang Kai-shek part of mainstream

Photos of Mao’s archenemy Chiang Kai-shek adorn the walls of a Beijing restaurant, and his face looks up at diners from the menu. Online, the deposed Chinese leader’s image is

Authorities scrap asset-disclosure trial programs, Beijing News says

Chinese authorities abandoned almost half of 30 trial programs aimed at requiring local officials to disclose their assets in the last five years, the Beijing News newspaper said yesterday. The paper

More victims found in forced blood donations

As investigations continue, the number of victims found who were forced to donate blood by a gang in northwest China’s Gansu province has increased to 10. A group of seven individuals

Pope makes biggest gesture yet to Beijing, eyes ties

Pope Francis made his strongest gesture yet to reach out to China yesterday, saying he wants to improve relations and insisting that the Catholic Church isn’t coming in as a “conqueror” but

HONG KONG | Thousands protest against Occupy Central

Thousands of people in Hong Kong marched in protest against Occupy Central with Love and Peace, which is planning mass sit-ins to paralyze the city’s financial district amid a debate

Hong Kong’s top judge backs rule of law for judiciary, SCMP says

Hong Kong’s Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma said Saturday judges should act only on the basis of the law and not be swayed by any other factor, the South China Morning

Pope’s Asia visit brings Beijing opportunity 

Pope Francis’ greeting to Chinese President Xi Jinping as he flew to South Korea early yesterday marked a rare cordial exchange between the sides that have no diplomatic relations and

Financial crime suspects repatriated after 10-yr flight

Two suspects in a major fiscal crime recently gave themselves up and returned to China from Cambodia after being at large for ten years, the Ministry of Public Security said

Hong Kong | Gov’t ‘looking into’ Colgate Total toothpaste following cancer link

The inquiry follows an Aug. 11 report by Bloomberg News highlighting studies linking the chemical to cancer-cell growth and disrupted development in animals. Recently released parts of Colgate’s Total application

Actor is latest celeb detained for drugs 

An actor has become the latest Chinese celebrity to face drug charges in a wave of detentions that an official said yesterday is one of China’s sternest crackdowns on illegal drug use

Mainland students seek freedom, edge at US high schools 

After getting a glimpse of the endless cramming for China’s grueling college entrance exams from the seniors in his high school, 16-year-old Zhang Kaisheng decided to take a different path. Like a growing

Trust asset growth slows amid shadow banking crackdown

China’s trust assets expanded at the slowest pace in two years as the government cracks down on shadow banking and investors reassess the risks of the high-yield investments. Trust companies’ assets

Man detained over WeChat rumors

Chinese police have detained a man suspected of spreading rumors on WeChat, following authorities’ new regulation on instant messaging services. The man managed a WeChat public account that had published unconfirmed

Rare panda triplets born in Guangzhou

China announced yesterday the birth of extremely rare panda triplets in a further success for the country’s artificial breeding program. The three cubs were born July 29 in the southern city

Authorities hunt fugitive billionaire

An international manhunt is underway for a Chinese businessman who fled the country following allegations of fraud, authorities said yesterday. Interpol has issued a red notice for Liao Rongna of the

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